DALLAS (AP) - The State Fair of Texas - marked this year by the loss of the towering, cowboy-hat-wearing Big Tex in a fire - may surpass the all-time high spent in previous years on food and amusement rides.
The fair ended Sunday. The current record was set in 2010 at $37.3 million.
State Fair president Errol McKoy says this year's fair could be close to that. He says, "It's just too close to call at this point."
The fair this year included a Chinese Lantern Festival and an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
On Friday, the 52-foot-tall Big Tex was destroyed by fire due to an electrical malfunction. But officials say Big Tex will be restored and will be back for next year's fair.